Where do you buy cool clothes for older boys? Here's where to shop for fashion-conscious tweens and teens...
Shopping for girls is easy peasy here in Singapore, but for boys? Not so much. Especially gangly tween and teen boys who are as fussy as they are lanky. There seems to be a distinct lack of options for boys for whom Bob the Builder tees are way uncool, and yet adult clothes are way too big or serious. Is your son having to embrace the tight T-shirt look because you just can’t find stuff that will fit him properly? We hear you!
To save you the stress of shopping for your dude, we’ve shared our teen-approved shopping options (because we all know boys HATE shopping; the quicker the process the better), so that your tween or teenage boy can hang out with his mates with his street-cred in tact…
When all else fails, GAP is a sure thing for decking out our dudes in style. With stores island-wide, there is bound to be an outlet that isn’t too far from home to drag your tween and his long legs to. Size-wise, it caters up to an XXL (which fits boys age 14 and upwards: up to 130lbs). Collections are seasonal, so depending on the time of year you may find more winter woolies than summery shorts, so make sure to stock up as soon as the spring and summer collections hit the shops here in tropical Singapore. We especially love the funky board shorts, and denim designed to fit perfectly.
GAP, various locations; www.gap.sg
H&M is expanding fast here on the Little Red Dot, and for good reason! Its collections for kids run up to age 14+ and come in some super-swish designs. Prices are relatively low, so fill up that tweenager’s wardrobe with funky outfits and dapper footwear. It’s also worth checking out the men’s section (for clothes!) as the XS gear is the perfect fit for ever-growing teens. David Beckham (swoon) has just designed and modelled a men’s range with seriously sharp blazers and casually cool tees; perfect for a preening pre-teen!
H&M, various locations; www.hm.com
TweenAge is a home-grown specialty store in Singapore that offers trendy but sensible fashion choices for young guys (and gals) up to age 14. Found at United Square, this boutique shop will have your chap kitted out in no time. Labels include Animal, Kite and Munsterkids and are sourced all the way from Europe and Australia. Check out the cool accessories while you’re there (we love the fabulous range of backpacks!) for a top-to-toe fashion-forward look.
TweenAge, United Square Mall, 101 Thomson Road, Singapore 307591; www.facebook.com/TweenAgesg
Head to your nearest Zara store for a really great selection of boys’ clothes that will fit guys up to age 14. With everything from casual gear to sportswear, winter warmers to smart stuff, Zara is bound to have something for even the pickiest of dudes. Boys will appreciate the seriously cool parkas and sharp waistcoats, and the spiffy leather-look jackets. And here’s a hot tip: don’t forget to check out the menswear in XS for clothes that will be a great fit once limbs have outgrown the kids’ section.
Zara, various locations; www.zara.com
While SuperDry doesn’t have stock for kids here in Singapore, we have tried and tested its XS tees and shirts on our resident teen, who find that they fit his 13-year-old bod just fine (with a little bit of room to grow!). Funky designs, bright colours and cool accessories – see the patterned backpacks – make this a must for a quick, easy and guaranteed hit with your picky teen. Plus they have huge posters of Idris Elba in store (he has collaborated on a luxe collection with Superdry AND is modelling the collection), which makes shopping a little more fun for us too…
Superdry, Vivo City, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-184, Singapore 098585, t. 6221 1586; www.superdry.com
Abercrombie & Fitch
Another for the teen brigade (and taller tweens), the Abercrombie & Fitch mens’ collection in XS provides the perfect fit for adolescent sons. Hailing from the US and bringing with it graphic tees, fab hoodies and classic swim shorts, the store is worth heading to purely for its impossibly cool vibe and easy Orchard Road location alone.
Abercrombie & Fitch, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, t. 6631 2600; www.abercrombie.sg
Cotton On is a one-stop shop for the whole family when it comes to a wardrobe update, and with its new teen collection, our boys no longer have to scrabble around in their closets for outdated outfits. For boys up to age 14 you will find a huge range of threads including cheap-as-chips flip-flops (from just $8.95!), trendy tees, dapper chinos and oh-so-cool trilby hats! We also love that it hasn’t forgotten that teenage boys need something to snooze in, and its sleepwear collection is bang on-trend for fussy teens.
Cotton On, various locations; www.cottonon.com
Marks and Spencer
Head over to the kids section in M&S for boys’ clothes up to age 16. Here you’ll pick up everything from underpants (without Thomas the Tank Engine motifs) to slogan tees. Quality is great and although sometimes a little pricey, there are often great sales and offers to make it easier on the wallet. (And don’t forget to pop to the M&S food hall while you’re there to pick up some foodie treats from the UK!)
Marks and Spencer, various locations; www.marksandspencer.com
UK favourite Next, whilst not having a physical presence here, does have international shopping websites including one especially for Singapore. It offers free delivery for orders over $40, so you can stock up on a large array of threads for boys up to age 16 years without having to drag them to a mall! As well as the Next-brand collection, it also stocks favourite labels such as Hackett, Converse and Adidas. Delivery is quick (we tried it on your behalf!), and the return policy gives you 28 days to send back items that are deemed ‘uncool’ or ‘you are kidding mum?!?’ back to its depot in the UK. Full refunds will be made for returned items, but postage will be at your own cost.
Next, online only; www.sg.nextdirect.com